Pride on the line
Pride, Reves lead Kansas to victory over Marquette
Posted: Saturday March 13, 1999 09:20 PM
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- Marquette knew the Kansas Jayhawks were going to go inside and were not ready for them to go over the top.
Lynn Pride scored on two alley oops and had 14 points as Kansas beat Marquette 64-58 Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA women's Midwest Regional tournament.
"It was really one of the moments that helped turn the game around," Kansas coach Marian Washington said of the back-to-back alley oops. "We try to save it. ... I didn't think they'd be prepared for it."
Marquette (21-8) led 45-37 midway through the second half while Pride was on the bench with four fouls.
The Jayhawks (23-9) used an 11-2 run to take the lead at 48-47 after Nakia Sanford converted a three-point play with 9:12 left and hit a layup on Kansas' next possession.
Pride's first alley oop gave the Jayhawks the lead for good. She converted both free throws after she was fouled on the second for a 59-55 advantage.
"We knew it was coming," Marquette's Lisa Oldenburg said. "We expected them to run it early. We might have forgot about it toward the end."
Oldenburg led Marquette with 15 points.
It struggled without starting point guard Kristi Johnson, who had to leave the game in the first half with a broken bone in her face after a Kansas player landed on her as she laid face-down on the floor.
Marquette was able to make up for her absence in the first half and led 31-27 at the break but it shot just 21 percent in the second half.
"It takes a lot for a team to lose a point guard and come back from that," said Abbie Willenborg, who had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Marquette.
Heidi Bowman also scored 14 for Marquette.
Kansas did just the opposite, struggling most of the first half and midway through the second until the 11-2 run.
Halfway through the second half, the Jayhawks had more turnovers than field goals but Sanford led Kansas' second-half surge as the Jayhawks began to pound the ball inside, as Brooke Reves finished with 14 points.
"That's when we started getting to the free-throw line or scoring," Washington said. "In the first half, we were trying to get inside too quickly."
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